It was gratifying to hear that President Trump plans a bill-signing ceremony July 29 for an extension of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund through 2092, assuring that those who became ill because of toxic exposure in the vicinity of the World Trade Center site will get the financial help they and their families deserve.

The long fight to assure continued benefits as a growing number of people come down with related illnesses produced a lengthy list of heroes, led by some of the victims, city fire unions, supportive Members of Congress and comedian Jon Stewart, who became an impassioned spokesman for the cause.

The 97-2 vote in the U.S. Senate reflects the realization that those being helped are American heroes.

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